Painting your home exterior is not a project you’re likely to tackle often. Whereas you may paint interior walls every few years to keep up with color trends or simply refresh the look of your interior design, the outside of your home is a much bigger project. And since exterior paints are made to be durable in order to withstand the onslaught of the elements, chances are good that you’ll only need to paint every decade or so to keep the outside of your home looking fabulous. In any case, there are a few preparatory steps you’ll want to take to expedite the process once you decide to paint your home exterior, and there’s more to it than simply selecting the color. Here are a few tips to get you on the right track.
- Power wash. The first thing you need to do is remove all the dirt and grime that has built up on the walls of your home since the last time it was painted. And the most efficient way to do this is by renting a power washing machine from your local hardware store. The pressurized water that issues forth will strip away any excess grit on your walls, along with flaking paint, so that you can start with a smooth, clean surface. This will provide the best foundation for your new paint to adhere to.
- Measure surface area. You don’t want to just start purchasing gallons of paint willy-nilly, so rather than underestimating and having to go back for more paint, or worse, overspending on a lot of extra paint you don’t need, it’s best to take measurements before you head to the paint store. You don’t necessarily have to get obsessive about adding up every inch and subtracting the spaces for windows and doors precisely, though. A rough measurement is bound to be close enough. And when you know how much surface area you’re covering, a paint store employee should be able to tell you how many gallons you’ll need.
- Select the right products. You’ll first want to determine whether you’re going old school with brushes and rollers or if you’re going to rent an airbrushing machine to get the job done more quickly. From there you can select the right paint to go with your equipment. But you also need to think about the surface you’re painting on. Most exterior paint products are relatively versatile, but when you tell paint store employees that your siding is metal, plastic, or wood, they may be able to recommend a better product.
- Cover windows and doors. Before you start painting, you need to attend to the tedium that is involved in covering windows, doors, and other surfaces you don’t want to hit with the paint (vents, pipes, etc.). You might think this is a waste of time, and if you’re using brushes and rollers, chances are you could maneuver around these spaces without too much trouble. But if you’ve decided to airbrush your house, you cannot skip this step.
- Consider hiring pros. There’s no getting around the fact that exterior painting is a big job. And you don’t want it to drag on for months because you’re too busy to finish the project or you simply don’t know what you’re doing. In this case you might want to find a vendor like Annapolis Paint Designs that has the skilled and experienced workers needed to get your house painted in no time flat.